Me-search and Re-search: A Guide for Writing Scholarly Personal Narrative Manuscripts

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IAP, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 206 pages
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What we intend to do in this book is to explain, and exemplify, in a nuts-and-bolts way, what we are calling Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) writing. This is a genre created over 15 years ago by Robert, one of the co-authors of this book. The other co-author, DeMethra, has actually written a thesis and dissertation using this genre, so she brings an author's direct SPN experience to the table. Both of us co-teach a course that we call "Scholarly Personal Narrative Writing for Pre-Professionals and Professionals." In the chapters that follow, we will present a step-by-step approach for composing an SPN manuscript. The book will be comprised of four general parts, consisting of several short, practical chapters, written in non-technical language. We will write each of the chapters as a way of responding to the most common questions that our students have raised about SPN writing through the years. We will attempt to write as we teach, with no frills and with clarity, empathy, and understanding. We will also provide several SPN writing examples, as well as authorial toolbox tips, throughout the book. In addition, we will conclude with a bibliography of the most relevant personal narrative writing guides we have been able to muster. Our desire is to minimize the number of in-text citations and references in order to maximize the space for us to present a useful, nuts-and-bolts guide to writing, as well as a realistic, down-to-earth rationale for scholarly personal narrative writing in the academy. After reading the book, and practicing the writing exercises, undergraduate and graduate students will be able to author research papers, theses, and dissertations using the Scholarly Personal Narrative research genre. Hundreds of students have done this already throughout the country.
 

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Contents

What Our Book Is About
3
Why Cant I Write More Personally More Honestly?
9
Autoethnographies Memoirs Personal Narrative Essays
15
Okay Then What Exactly Is Scholarly Personal Narrative
21
PART II
29
How Do You Get Started?
35
DeMethras PreSearch Dissertation Process
45
Speaking to All the MeSearch SelfDoubters
55
The Centrality of ThemeSearch in SPN Research
95
Moving from the Pre the Me and the Re to the We
103
DeMethras Use of WeSearch and Universalizability in
113
The Nuts and Bolts SPN Toolbox
125
PART IV
144
Putting It All Together
159
How to Deal with PSPND Syndrome
185
How to Create Faculty Support for SPN Writing
197

Tell Your Story Speak Your Truth
67
The Relationship of Art to Truth in SPN Writing
87
References
203
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